What makes a home investment a smart one? For starters—and this is the obvious one—it should pay dividends when the time comes for you to put your home on the market. A smart home investment is one that makes your home more desirable to potential buyers. But more than that, we firmly hold that a truly great home expense is one that allows you to invest in the present, too—upgrades and additions that will improve your quality of life right now! After all, you’re still living there! Long-term payout and immediate benefit? Now that’s something our wallets can get behind. Read on for 11 changes we recommend making to your home—from the nitty-gritty fundamentals to flourishes that promise to bring you joy every single day.